Union University Photography Students during a photo weekend at Morris Abernathy’s home outside of Nashville, Tennessee July 19, 2003.
Aside from learning new things, finding a way to meet up you can also build new professional relationships, gain friendships with like-minded people and even get to know people on a more personal level.
Early in my career I would go to conferences and workshops as a way to get feedback on my work. I wanted to improve and early on there was a lot of room for improvement.
In 1987, Jim Veneman and I both were trying to get better. We had begun a friendship based on that we both worked for similar organizations. We wanted to get the staff from MissionsUSA & The Commission Magazines together as well as others.
That first group included as well as some of our spouses:
- Don Rutledge
- Joanna Pinneo
- Mark Sandlin
- Paul Obregon
- Warren Johnson
- Jim Veneman
- Stanley Leary
This group would get together and just share what everyone was doing and then started inviting others to join the group like Thomas Kennedy & William Allard.
Attending a workshop is like gifting yourself a new possibility to learn something new from peers who have better experience and knowledge to share with you a new bee into the world of professionals.
Building new relationships and meeting new connections are important to personal growth. A workshop gives you as the professional the best opportunity to meet other people who share your interests. It is always a pleasure to meet someone with the same enthusiasm that you do. Attending a workshop is a great way to meet other people in your area with shared interests. It is not, of course, a guarantee that a friendship will flourish but it never hurts trying. You will at least be able to find a friend and somebody who knows your “talk shop,” as it were i.e. to discuss matters concerning your work etc.
I organized this year a ZOOM meeting on Fridays to replicate the best I could this concept of getting together and getting to know other colleagues.
For those who love Photojournalism I recommend attending this year’s event that will be online. The 2021 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar will take place virtually November 9-13, 2021, marking 49 consecutive years of the longest continuously operating photojournalism conference in America.
In Person Events
I am planning to host some fun get togethers in the near future. I am looking to hosting a lighting workshop for a few hours one day. If you are interested let me know, so that I can put you on the notification list. These will be in the Metro Atlanta Area.